Click on your California County below to shop all 2019 Medicare Advantage plans. It's government approved private health insurance that replaces your Original Medicare private-fee-for-service benefits.
Be aware that senior citizen health insurance plans vary by where you live. It all comes down to the availability HMO and/or PPO healthcare provider networks available in the area. Choose your county below.
Getting Enrolled in Medicare Advantage
Most California seniors qualify to join a Medicare Advantage plan. Certain diseases, most notably End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), may disqualify you from enrollment.
You are only allowed to join, drop or change plans during a Medicare Election Period. The period between 15 October and 7 December is the Annual Election Period (AEP). That's when most folks make changes to their Medicare.
There's also an Individual Election Period (IEP) that you can use once. Your IEP is a 90 day period around your 65th birthday. It starts the month before you turn 65 and ends the month after.
You can get enrolled three ways:
- Call a plan directly. If you know the plan you want, this way is quick and easy.
- Go to www.Medicare.gov and enroll through the government website. From there you can look up your medications, compare plans, and get your application started online.
- Use an independent insurance agent. This is the best way to go if you need someone to help advise you.
Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage, Which is Better?
Medicare Advantage is one way to get full coverage healthcare. You also have the option to hold on to your Original Medicare PFFS benefits and upgrade your coverage with California Medicare Supplement Insurance and a California Medicare Part D Plan (for help with your prescription drugs).
A Medicare Supplement policy protects you from big medical bills and helps you lower the total annual cost of your healthcare. See our California Medigap Plans page for more information. The good news is that all supplemental insurance is standardized, offering you the luxury to buy the coverage you need based on the lowest price.
About Our 2019 Private Health Insurance Data
The private health insurance data we publish is received from public data files provided by the U.S. federal government. We make every attempt to keep our databases up-to-date. In spite of this, we simply cannot ensure the exactness of the details. Only a licensed health insurance agent can give you a binding quote.
For additional information go to the CMS website at: http://cms.gov. This page is maintained by David Bynon and was last updated on .